Remember That Mano-A-Mano Face Off at the 2012 Spring Game?

By Johnny Ginter on April 21, 2013 at 12:09p

I want to just add another positive that was created in Wisconsin hiring Gary Anderson from Utah State: it allows for things like this without even the slightest possibility that a shirtless Bret Bielema could barge into the circle. Stay tuned to the end for the very clear victor in this epic battle of big guys dancing awkwardly after being prompted by their coaches to do so.


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tdible2132's picture

This is just dumb if you ask me. I think he did it to make recruits feel comfortable that he's promoting an atmosphere of fun but I think it ended up just coming off as silly. Guess recruits and current players are the real judges of that though.

Poison nuts's picture

I don't know. It's pretty funny if you ask me. Sometimes lightening the mood & keeping things fun is a good thing. I'm sure there is plenty of competitive drills going on, but like the lineman fielding punts at the Nebraska Spring Game - this seems to be an exercise in keeping the players loose & having a good time. Also, for OSU's sake, the guys at Wisconsin are welcome to practice dancing all they want!!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

M Man's picture

How many people actually know who Wisconsin's head football coach is? 
Seriously; if you stopped any reasonably conversant Big Ten football fan in metropolitan Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago or Des Moines, how many people could correctly answer the question, "What is the name of the new Wisconsin football coach?"
My guess is that the most common answer would be, "Oh yeah; Beilema was their coach, right?  And he left, right?  I have no idea who the new guy is."
As a branding exercise, to get the Badgers and their new coach a little bit of internet buzz, I regard this as a perfectly good little no-cost maneuver.

Jonnferrell's picture

If you squeeze a couple more players in that hoop you could have a writhing Badger orgy.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Crimson's picture

I can just see James White challenging Shazier to a dance off after the game in response to Shazier knocking him to the ground for a loss.

TheBadOwl's picture

Before I came to OSU, I was a Utah fan, having lived there as a child. Loved Anderson when he was on the staff there, respected the hell out of him at Utah State, and I hope that he does some great things at Wisconsin. 
I (like probably 90% of the people here) absolutely hated Bielema, which gave me no choice but to hate Wisconsin for a few years. But I like the way they play, and Jump Around is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. And now that we won't be in the same division, I really hope that they do well, and Nebraska, too.
Also, this is objectively awesome. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Jimmy's picture

I still have some residual hate from the Bielema years, but This definitely washes some of that away.  Wisconsin has moved from "ugh, I hate them" back to "oh yeah, Madison seems alright."

Hovenaut's picture

I go back further, when Alvarez was HC.

"They don't like us, and we don't like them." A couple of wins (and the tie in '93) over Cooper helped inflate the ego a bit.

I respect Anderson, but I don't like the Badgers. Who begat Bar, who begat Bert.

Gametime's picture

Andersen also comes off the Urban coaching tree. as a matter of fact the Illinois head coach does too. But heck our guys did the same thing on that ESPN training camp series & I think it's good to have fun working hard. That builds families out of strangers united for a cause.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

Jonnferrell's picture

I dunno---those guys getting in the same hula hoop----ugh. 

"I miss Brady Hoke."

BammBammRiley's picture

Honest reaction.... I can't lie, I smiled and laughed. That was enjoyable to watch and in no way can you tell me it does not facilitate team camaraderie and an upbeat atmosphere. Though different benefits from the competitive Buckeye Meyer face-off challenge, it also holds some of the same as well.
   I mean, Brett in general can be classified as ugly-stupid in many of his approaches and demeanor, so this in comparison is genius if you ask me. Definitely a step up, but like the rest of you my friends, just my opinion.

BammBamm is my dog, Riley is my 4 yr old daughter, and THE Ohio state Buckeyes complete the three most sacred loves I cherish

buckeyedude's picture

Somebeody give them a pole. This is stupid. Not hip at all.
I can't wait until El Guapo runs through those dancing  $%$%$@$*!



BammBammRiley's picture

A pole? wishful thinking bro?
I love line two of your comment, I concur!!!!

BammBamm is my dog, Riley is my 4 yr old daughter, and THE Ohio state Buckeyes complete the three most sacred loves I cherish

buckeyedude's picture

It's gay. That is all.



billy04's picture

Way to keep it classy.

cronimi's picture

Not to stereotype, but gay people dance much better than those guys.

FitzBuck's picture

I don't get it at all.  It would have made more sense to have a goal post dunking contest. How about an O line vs D line kicking contest.  This is stupid in my opinion.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

harleymanjax's picture


"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Buckeye Beast's picture

I thought this was pretty cool, I don't see what everyone's problem with it seems to be

Even Squirrels hate Michigan

factor11's picture

Though many of us have seen this multiple times, I'll just leave this here for those that haven't.

cronimi's picture

The difference, for me at least, is that the Buckeye version was done in the locker room after practice, and it was just the guys blowing off steam and trying to show each other up with their dance moves. The version in Madison was on the field in full pads, presumably taking away from real practice time so they can dance around in large hula hoops. The Columbus version seemed organic and player-led, whereas the Madison version was dictated by the coaches and staged.

IBleedSandG's picture

Very well stated. +1.


4thandinches's picture

Is it me or does Wisconsin always seem to copy us but with a little different flare? The stadium, colors, look and name of mascot, and now this. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I wonder how the overall reaction would be if it was BERT's team instead of Anderson's

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

IBleedSandG's picture

I watched about 20 seconds and paused it. What's the point? You can't do celebration dances in college anyway.